TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5

Address: 20 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs

Hours: 8a-3p, Sunday; 6:30-8p, Monday-Thursday


Nothing is quite like sitting down on a comfortable couch while drinking an excellent cup of coffee and reading a good book. The Paddlewheel Coffee and Tea Company imports the highest quality coffee beans to Steamboat and expertly brews exquisite coffee. Once you’ve got your brew, sit down in their spacious, two-story coffee shop, complete with couches and Wi-Fi to relax, work, or warm up after a day of skiing. If you’re looking for a breakfast or light meal, Paddlewheel has an assortment of quiches, pastries and sandwiches that are freshly made and inexpensive.

What They’re Known for: Paddlewheel has a sustainable business model that starts with organic coffee beans, grown on small farms, to which they pay a living wage. They continue that premise by paying their own workers above the industry average, ensuring that each cup of coffee is made from the best beans, expertly brewed and served by a smiling employee. Paddleboat is known for their conscience, allowing you to truly relax in the comfort of their spacious café.

What to Watch for: Paddlewheel is popular, and while there is space for everyone, it can be on the loud side. Bring along a pair of earbuds, and you’ll be able to relax in peace.

Price: $2-$10

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